Senior Tayler Anderson scored 10 points to help SUU to the win
SUU Strategic Communications

Southern Utah Evens Record with Big Victory at BTI Classic

November 24, 2012
By SUU Strategic Communication

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LUBBOCK, Texas Nov. 24 – Southern Utah shot the ball a season-high 43.3 percent from the floor to run away with a 76-47 win over the University of New Orleans in its second outing of the BTI Classic on Saturday. In a performance similar to their first win of the season, the Thunderbirds used a balanced offensive attack that saw a dozen players come up with a basket. Leading the way were Sofia Hepworth and Tayler Anderson who each had 10 points in the win.

SUU came out firing as junior guard Andrea Jones knocked down a three in the games opening possession to spark a 20-7 game-opening run that ended with Desiree Jackson driving in for a lay-up that put the T-Birds up by 13 near the 12 minute mark.

Southern Utah continued to score the ball well throughout the half pushing its lead to as many as 17 in the final minute of the period. New Orleans beat the buzzer with a three from Mirjam Sipos to make the score 38-24 at the break.

The Thunderbirds finished the half shooting the ball over 46 percent from the floor while holding their opponents to a mark of just 27 percent. SUU also posted a 33-9 rebounding advantage in the early going and was a perfect 2-2 from behind the arc.

It would be more of the same after halftime as SUU opened with six unanswered to push its lead to 20 at 44-24. The margin reached 33 points after freshman Ashleigh Munns sank a three to make the count 62-29 halfway through the period, and eventually went as high as 40 on another outside shot from Munns that brought the score to 73-33 with just over four minutes left to play.

The Privateers worked to narrow the deficit in the final minutes, but the Thunderbirds had the game well in hand as they cruised to the 76-47 victory. The win helps SUU improve its overall record to 2-2 on the year while UNO drops to 1-4.

Freshman Lori Parkinson had a solid outing in her second-straight game, pulling down 12 rebounds to go along with eight points. Sipos finished as the Privateers top-scorer with 15 points.

The Thunderbirds turned in their best shooting performance of the early season, going 5-6 from the three-point line and 29-67 from the floor for a field goal mark of 43.3 percent. SUU also played well on the defensive end holding its opponents to just 16-56 shooting and winning the battle on the boards by a tally of 62-23.

Southern Utah will close out the tournament tomorrow in a matchup with Nicholls State. The Thunderbirds and Colonels will take the court Sunday morning at 11 a.m. (MT)